The one major caveat is that Spotify’s new feature does not allow you to turn off the vocals to songs, which means that fans would have to sing over the singer’s performance. However, last fall, a possible new feature that allows users to turn down the volume on vocals was outlined by a prominent code analyst who frequently previews popular app features before they’re released to the public. 

Directing the future of karaoke you can perform anywhere

The popularity of karaoke has spread globally since its introduction in the 1970s, but the activity has since moved beyond tiny cafes and bars and is now available via all-in-one home devices as well as apps like Smule, which allows users to record solo or group performances. In fact, the decline of karaoke machine sales aligns with the rise of smartphones and tablets in the late 2000s. 

Smule was particularly useful to some music fans during pandemic lockdowns, giving friends and family another way to meet and socialize virtually. The combination of the covid-19 lockdowns and the rise of apps like Smule and now Spotify’s updated feature may force in-person karaoke business owners to rethink their approach.  

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